Inspiring lifelong healthy eating habits through fresh, local food, while supporting local farmers.
Thanks to generous support from the Foundation’s Sustainable Whatcom Fund, Whatcom Farm-to-School has grown tremendously since starting in 2009. All eight school districts in Whatcom County participate in the Harvest of the Month Program that features a locally grown fruit or vegetable on the school lunch menu, as well as educational materials for students, teachers, and parents. This day is consistently the most popular day for school lunch purchase.
“Oh that Harvest of the Month program is great! It got our family to eat kale. We had never tried it before, but the kids came home and said they had it at school, and they liked it. So we started buying it, and cooking it, and making it into kale chips, and now the kids will even just go eat it out of the garden! WE took kale chips to a potluck, and everyone said, ‘Wow, what’s this?’ and now they are trying kale. This program is like a pebble in a pond.” – Mother of 3
Learn more about the program at the Whatcom Farm to School website.